Category Archives: Legislative News

Lots of problems found in DIFW Fisheries Division

An assessment of DIF&W’s Fisheries Division found lots of problems in 2002, some of which persist today. Now, those problems are sure to resurface when the legislature considers LD 728, a bill to reorganize that division. Here’s just one of many findings from the 2002 report. “Major gaps are evident in the public involvement philosophy, […]

Legislature lets fall fishing get away

Fall fishing opportunities, available throughout southern Maine, will continue to be unavailable in the northern half of the state. My bill to extend fall fishing opportunities by one month was hooked and released yesterday by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. This bill would have expanded the opportunities to fish in the fall by […]

$5 million will fix problems at two state fish hatcheries

The legislature’s supplemental budget, approved by the Appropriations Committee last week, includes $4.8 million to fix problems in two state fish hatcheries. Given all the needs in this state, the Fish and Wildlife Department has to be congratulated for getting this money. For example, while there’s been a lot of discussion about what we need […]

Reduction in warden positions alarms legislators

“We need to reduce the department’s size.” That was DIF&W Commissioner Chandler Woodcock’s response to a question asking why he was proposing cuts to the Maine Warden Service’s budget, including a decrease in positions and mileage. Chandler presented his proposed budget recently to members of the legislature’s IFW Committee, and the Warden Service cuts were […]

February 28 legislative hearings feature exotic animals, fish hatcheries, and more

The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee will host public hearings on three of my bills on Tuesday, February 28, along with three other bills. LD 305, my exotic animals bill, is sponsored by IFW Committee chair, Senator Scott Cyrway of Kennebec Country, and promises to draw a substantial crowd in opposition. This bill has […]

IFW Committee kills bill to simplify fishing rules

The bill to create a commission to simplify Maine’s complicated fishing rules got a unanimous ought-not-to-pass recommendation from the legislature’s IFW Committee yesterday, even though five members of the committee had cosponsored the bill. That was a big disappointment for me, as I had proposed the bill and asked Representative Michelle Dunphy to sponsor it. […]

Lots of opposition to simplifying Maine’s fishing rules

The legislative hearing on my proposal to organize a Commission to simplify Maine’s complicated fishing rules drew very little support, although five members of the IFW legislative committee cosponsored the bill. Most disappointing was the opposition of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the “neither for nor against” testimony of the Sportsman’s Alliance […]

You must go north to find excellent brook trout fishing

“Brook Trout,” an amazing book written by Nick Karas and published in 1997, is an entertaining, informative, and at times discouraging book about North America’s brook trout. I recently re-read Nick’s book, to prepare for public hearings on a couple of important brook trout bills at the legislature. There’s a lot of truth in the […]